Authoritative feeding behaviors to reduce child BMI through online interventions
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2013
© 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 65–77, January 2013
How to Cite
Frenn, M., Pruszynski, J. E., Felzer, H. and Zhang, J. (2013), Authoritative feeding behaviors to reduce child BMI through online interventions. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18: 65–77. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12008
Funding was provided by the Regner Faculty Award to the first author. We thank Dr. Robert Topp for his review of a preliminary draft of the manuscript.
Disclosure: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 14 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 22 DEC 2011
- Regner Faculty Award
- Authoritative parenting;
- culturally diverse;
- lower income;
- obesity prevention;
- physical activity
The purpose of the study was to examine the feasibility and initial efficacies of parent- and/or child-focused online interventions and variables correlated with child body mass index percentile change.
Design and Methods.
A feasibility and cluster randomized controlled pilot study was used.
Recruitment was more effective at parent–teacher conferences compared with when materials were sent home with fifth- to eighth-grade culturally diverse students. Retention was 90% for students and 62–74% for parents. Authoritative parent feeding behaviors were associated with lower child body mass index. A larger study is warranted.
Online approaches may provide a feasible option for childhood obesity prevention and amelioration.